Newcastle Are A Top Side And The Benchmark


Scunthorpe recovered from an initial Newcastle onslaught, that was like a steam train leaving the station and quickly accelerating to top speed.

Andy Carroll celebrates first goal after 10 minutes

And it was only offsides, the cross-bar and some good goalkeeping from Joe Murphy that somehow managed to keep the score down to just two goals by half-time.

After the game Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins talked about Newcastle United:

“Newcastle are a top side, a Premier League side, the champions in waiting.” “We knew coming here was going to be a massive challenge for everybody.”

“The players have been able to see how hard they’ve got to work, in and out of possession.”

“That’s the bench mark in Newcastle and it’s been good for some of the youngsters to see how much they have got to keep improving and not think they have made it.”

“To be 2-0 down after 20 minutes, you would have probably thought Newcastle would have run away with it, but credit to the players, they’ve only gone and lost the second half 1-0.”

And a relaxed but in-control Newcastle manager Chris Hughton refused to confirm the reality that five more wins would now clinch Newcastle an instant return to the Premier League.

And that is even assuming that Nottingham Forest wins all of their remaining 9 games, and they still have to come to St. James’ Park.

After the game Chris Hughton completely refused to get carried away with anything:

“Yes it’s my job to keep expectations on the ground, but I don’t see it being difficult to bring them back down to earth,”

“It’s understandable people outside of the club, the supporters, will think we’re going to get promoted, but it won’t be difficult with this group of lads.”

“They are very focused on what they want to achieve.”

It certainly seems the Newcastle players are focused like a laser on their remaining games, and they will not get carried away with anything – not after what happened last season.

But things are starting to look very bright on Tyneside – once again.

Howay The Lads!!



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9 comments so far

  • boater

    Mar 17, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #1

    great article on hughton though I’m sure yees have all seen it anyways-

    http://blog.ireland.com/itb_soccerpb?entry=201

    gan urn the toon!!!!! Geeeet in lads.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry to disagree but we need a reality check here. This is a RUBBISH league, and on top of that a season of utter mediocrity is being enjoyed / endured by most clubs.

    Since keeping all the stats to feed the PROM-o-METER (which is more an more looking to be spot on with the final points totals) it is clear that apart from WBA and NUFC there is no other club capable of sustaining results.

    Some telling stats:

    1) 21 points separate NUFC (top) and Cardiff (6th & final play off spot). 21 points also separate 7th place and the bottom club. So much for quality opposition…

    2) Cardiff remain in 6th place despite losing 4 of their last 6 games. No other club, not Boro, Blackpool, Shef U, or Coventry (who looked the most likely at one point) has managed to achieve anything other than bottom half of the table form in this same period so Cardiff undeservedly somehow stay 3 points clear of the pack. Pathetic by any standards!

    3) As a result of all the chasing (or should that be hobbling) clubs failing to string results together it looks more and more likely that 69 points (or less) could claim 6th spot & into the play-offs, not exactly a great achievement. And given the inconsistency of the other 3 likely play off teams of late who would bet against that 6th place club reaching the Prem, or more accurately being relegated immediately?

    I make these observations to pour some reality on our ‘great’ achievement. This has not been a season of achievement, but a season of atonement after last year’s disaster – nothing more. And, we are not promoted yet!

    Finally to those who say 2nd place is fine, I say 2nd place would be an utter humiliation. Unless we aim for the top and achieve that fizzy champions silverware we have no hope of going on to achieve anything in the coming years. We need to re-learn the art of winning.

    I keep my Wembley FA Cup Final ’74 ticket on the wall to remind me just how much humiliation hurts… I’ll only throw it away when we finally achieve a real trophy again.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 18, 2010 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #3

    One final curio for those still dizzy on our ‘achievments’, Chumpionship mediocrity is so laughable that even lowly Scunny (now down in 22nd, a relegation position) could be in the Prem next year if they won all their remaining games. It would give then 68 points, and could just overhaul the teetering Cardiff.

    Of course it won’t happen, but with less than a quarter of the season remaining it shouldn’t be able to happen if there was any depth to the quality in this league. In the Prem, Burnley are in the equivalent position and even if they strung together 8 straight wins from the final games relegation would still remain a distinct possibility – certainly not a UEFA place!

    Villa who are 7th in the Prem are returning 1.75 points per game. Shef U are 7th in the Fizzy on 1.4 points per game. In fact Forest are returning 1.73 points (less than Villa) and are currently in 3rd.

    Which all just underlines how poor this league is, and how it can still reward poor results with play off positions (on points per game returns that would be bottom half form in the Prem).

    In other words if we make it out of this woeful championship mire we need to start getting points on the Premiership board from day 1. It is this mental adjustment that does for most promoted clubs as you simply can’t afford to lose 4 games in 6 in the Prem and expect no-one to overtake you – Cardiff take note..

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  • robertsonsb

    Mar 18, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Captain Beefheart-

    All your “facts” really show is that there is a much greater division in quality in the prem than the championship. Agreed, the Championship is not the quality of the prem, but this NUFC club, as well as WBA, and, in my opinion, any of the top 10 in the Championship, could compete in the prem, at least with the bottom 10.

    Newcastle can only compete with the competition it plays, and the lads have been class, with a few bumps in the road, this season. Strengthening will be needed again this summer, but the club is on the right track.

    HWTL!

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  • darryl burleigh

    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I have been following nufcblog for a long time now, good to see it back up and running, but I have finally decided to sign up and leave some of my own comments. I have to say I am disappointed with alot of comments posted on here! Giving the catastrophic events of last season and the pre season, critisism that has surrounded that period were very valid points, an eye opener and it brought us down to earth! Since the beggining of the season, nothing but positives has been shown by the players! Sure we have had a few lackluster performances, but tell me, is there any team in the world that doesn’t? The critics on this site need to open their eyes and relise we are not a top premiership team any more, need to relise we can not go spending stupid amounts of money on players anymore, and relise that all negativity spoken out about the toon, could cause serious a upset in morale!! For instance, I have witnessed a few posts in here, slating a few players, the majority who have been our top performes this season! One article, I believe it was about who’s going out and to bring for next season , comments left were pure and utter shite!! A list of players of who to ditch and bring in. For example, players out …. Nolan because he doesn’t have the legs for the premier league! What a loaf of bollocks!! Kevin Nolan was the main man at Bolton and played brilliant, nearly earning him an England call up!! He joined us at a point when we had no confidence in ourselves and had no fight or self asteam! How can you judge a player on the worse 6 months of NUFCs history! Just look at the players who jumped ship and now producing performance at other clubs, for instance Damien duff!! He’s playing an loads of confidence and look at his goal and assist record, playing near back to his best!! Yes I have critised players in the past, but the past is the past, we have to look forward! Unfortuently some toon fans can’t! In the same article the blogger had a list of players for us to buy! This was unreal! Some of the players mentioned wouldnt be able to come to us for the money he was suggesting and also wages! Again the few toon fans who live in the past!! I again continue with the critics. When news got out we were in te Market for mike williamson, the majority were negatively outspoken, about a player who they hadn’t even seen play! Even before he had played for the toon, he was Not giving the chance! I was at the palace match and even after the first 10 mins you could see he was a steal!! I hope the bloggers who made the remarks have relised the big mistake they made!!

    I’m gunna leave it there for now, because it’s making me out as a negative! Lol but this has been a very steep Learning curve for the toon, and a good one! Let’s stop getting on there backs and get behind the lads, and carry it on to the premiership next season and build on the morale created this season!!

    Howay the lads!!!!

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  • Chris G

    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    boater – hey, that was a really interesting article about Jamie O’Hara. It might be worth putting that link up again on a future occasion, when people on here start telling us about the kind of players that we should be going for when Pompey get relegated etc. etc. 😉

    Welcome aboard Darryl – excellent first post, mate

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  • komfort

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    aye darryl , welcome aboard……again !…that’s the same post as the one you posted on monday !….& if you post the same one again in the near future i’m sure the welcoming party will be waiting for you with tea & biscuits..

    ….i’m gunna leave it there for now ! Lol

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  • darryl burleigh

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Komfort- had to leave it again as no one obviously read it!!! Nice little three points last night, and still people deluded!! Need to spread the word! Btw tea white two and a wagon wheel would be nice! Lol

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  • komfort

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    sorry darryl…..we’ve only got hob knobs left.

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